Sunday, 20 June 2010

Scatter Cushion

A friend of mine asked for a scatter cushion to place on her bed for decoration. This was the first time I made a cushion and a cover and without using any patterns. This design covered many skills which I have written about  in other tutorials. I will provide links for a re-fresher if required.
Equipment Required
  • Cotton Fabric – Outside Cover
  • Satin Fabric – Inside Cushion
  • Felt, 2 colours –Appliqué design
    Stuffing – Machine Washable
  • Lace & Ribbon Trim
  • Zipper
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Dressmaking Scissors
  • Pinking Scissors
  • Cutting Mat/ Ruler/ Rotary Cutter
  • Sewing Machine (Universal Needle)
  • Hand Sewing needle
  • Thread

Time Taken: 6hrs
Techniques: Straight Stitch, Ladder Stitch, Attaching Trim, Inserting Zips, Appliqué, Finishing Raw Edges, Basting Stitch & Sewing Around Corners
1. Making the Inside Cushion

Choose the shape and size of the inside of the cushion. I used a rectangular shape. Cut out 2 pieces of fabric to the required size.


Put right sides together and use a straight stitch (5/8inch seam allowance) to attach both pieces together and leave a small gap in one side for stuffing. This  short video demonstrates how to sew around corners.


Pink all the edges using pinking shearers, being very careful not to cut into the stitching and cut the corners.

2. Insert the Stuffing

Turn the cushion right side out and stuff the cushion. Hand sew using a ladder stitch to close the gap.


That’s the cushion completed.
3. Making the Appliqué
Draw out your design on paper and place onto the felt, draw and cut around your template. The appliqué will be ready to sew onto the cover at the next stage.
4. Making the Cushion Cover
Measure the inside cushion which you created in the first step and add 1 inch seam allowance when drawing out the cushion cover.


For the front of the cushion I wanted to use two colours – I therefore split the measurements in half to create 2 rectangles.


With the wrong sides facing upwards attach the 2 coloured fabrics together using a straight stitch.

Use the iron and press open the seam.


Position the appliqué as required and attach the appliqué using a straight stitch and go slowly all the way around the design. Keep stopping and lifting the foot up to check you are sewing straight and sewing the felt. Note: You can buy a machine foot especially for doing this type of work called the ‘Open Toe’ which will make it a lot easier to see what you are doing.
5.Inserting the zip

Put the right sides together and use a basting stitch to attach to one of the shorter sides. Line up a zip and baste this in place.
Use the zipper foot on the sewing machine to attach the zipper. Unpick all the basting stitches and tidy up the raw edges by using the pinking shears.
For a refresher on inserting zips please see my Hobo Shoulder Bag entry, where I show how to insert zips step-by-step.
6. Attaching the Trim


Go around all the raw edges and press down the seam, I used 0.5 of an inch using a card from The Scientific Seam Seamstresses Blog, (click the link to download these wonderful templates  and read some of her amazing entries.) Pin in place.


Insert the lace trim between the front and back panels on the right side of the cushion cover and pin in place.



Use a hand sewn basting stitch to hold the trim in place.


Use a straight stitch to attach it to the cushion. Take out all the basting stitches. Pink all the raw edges again as before.

7.Finishing Up Touches
Place the inside cushion in the cover, zip it up and place where desired.


I hope my friend loves it as much as I enjoyed making it. I am really pleased with the result. Do you like the cover? Are you going to have a go at making one? If you do, I would love to hear your views. Please leave a comment below.

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